Preparation is Key
The set up and approach to Newborn Photography is very different to a family photo shoot session. Family sessions are lively, fun, and in many cases, rather loud. Newborn photo shoot sessions are to be kept very calm, relaxed and super cosy warm.
The key to a successful newborn shoot is the preparation, for both the parents and photographer. The ideal time to shoot a newborn is in the first 10 days. Baby is more content being naked, and less reluctant to wriggle out of position. If baby can be fed 30 mins before the session, this will (hopefully) make them sleepy, and then just need the odd top-up feed. Dressing the baby is also important, avoid clothing that goes over their head to reduce disturbing the baby. We always send out a guidance sheet to our parents before the session to help them prepare.
At our studio, we allow two hours for the photo shoot session, as baby will need some comfort and feeds. The ideal temp to heat the shooting space is approx 26 degrees celsius. Perfect for baby, a little warm for everyone else, so dress for the Bahamas. The key point for everyone involved in the session is to be calm and relaxed. Baby picks up on everyone’s emotions. Babies wee and poop, this is inevitable, so no need to worry about this. Note to parents – bring a change of clothes for yourself. Note to photographers – plenty of cleaning wipes.